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Thumping victory of Party’s DDC candidates shows how deeply-rooted NC is across J&K: Dr Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, Dec 29: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday felicitated the Party’s winning candidates for their resounding victory in the District Development Council elections attributing the victory to the resilience of people of J&K.

Lauding the resilience of party workers and party functionaries here at a felicitation function held at party headquarters, Party President said that the thumping victory of the Party’s DDC candidates bear out how widespread the roots of party  are across Jammu and Kashmir.  He said it was the ideological congruence with socio-political and economic emancipation of the poor at its core that helped the party to withstand the hostile and challenging times. The Party, he said, has endured its character by working for the poor and destitute to iron out social and economic disparity in Kashmir by making recurring drastic and pro poor contributions  in all areas from time to time.

On the occasion the triumphant DDC candidates of the Party were individually festooned by the party president with garlands. The party vice President Mr. Omar Abdullah, General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani also felicitated the Party’s DDC candidates hoping that the winning candidates would live up to the obligations and responsibilities of the post.

Among others Party’s Members of Parliament Muhammad Akbar Lone, Hassnain Masoodi; Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Nazir Ahmed Khan Gurezi, Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Sajad Shafi Uri, Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Javed Dar, GR Naaz, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Ghulam Mohi Ud Din Mir,  Syed Tauqeer Ahmed, Salman Ali Sagar, Imran Nabi Dar, Er. Sabiya Qadri, Nazir Malik, Ahsan Pardesi, Mudassar Shahmiri were also present in the function.

While expressing gratitude to the people for their overwhelming support to the National Conference, the Party President said the people have done their bid and that now it was the turn of elected DDC members to pay off by rising up to the expectations of people with pure and simple service motive. “I am hopeful that the Party’s DDC members will devise an all inclusive strategy to serve people, address their concerns and become a voice for the voiceless. We in our party have always upheld that people are the real source of power; therefore it is more binding for our elected DDC members to keep in touch with their constituents. Unfortunately we have lost half a decade since 2015,  now I am hopeful that the newly elected DDC, keeping up with the party agenda will make most of the bottom-up style of development envisioned and introduced by Sher e Kashmir and work day in, day out to make a discernible difference  in people’s lives,” he said.

 Extolling the functionaries and workers to heap on their public outreach Party President said that there was no scope for resting as the forthcoming days and months would be equally challenging.  “We saw how brazenly the administration discriminated against our contesting candidates and created hurdles to impede our public outreach by flaunting all democratic norms. The anti democratic forces will again contrive to rein in and encumber our efforts underway for the restoration of people’s rights.  However our workers and functionaries withstood all sorts of difficulties on their own with no support coming from any quarter. I am hopeful that the party rank and file will keep up with the resolute behavior.  Unity holds the key to success. In the days our detractors will employ all sorts of enticements, coercion and intimidation to break our unity.  We on our behalf have to strengthen our rows against their machination and face the challenges ahead of us resolutely,” he added.

On the occasion Party leadership also felicitated Salman Ali Sagar for his victory in ULB by-polls of Sringar SMC and hoped that his presence in the SMC will give pre-eminence to development issues in the corporation.

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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.

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Lightning kills 25-yr-old youth in Ashmuqam

(Asian News Hub) – A 25-year-old youth was killed after being struck by lightning in Ashmuqam area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday evening.

An official told that lighting struck at the residential house of Muhammad Shafi Wani, resulting in onspot death of his young son Junaid Shafi Wani of Thokerpora Siligam Ashmuqam.

The body was handed over to the victim’s family for the last rites after completing legal formalities, they added.

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